Mt. Denali is Unconstitutional

Mt. McKinley or Denali (Credit National Park Service)
Mt. McKinley or Denali (Credit: National Park Service)

I really don’t care what Mt. McKinley or Mt. Denali is called. President Obama sees it differently, and flew Air Force One to Alaska at a mountainous cost to announce the change, which removed the name of a Republican president.

What every American should care about is how Obama changed the name.

He violated the Constitutional separation of powers by having Interior Secretary Sally Jewell sign a “secretarial order” to change a law Congress passed.

The cited law has nothing to do with allowing an Executive Department agency to change a law, but merely with establishing a uniformity of naming geographic places (within the bounds of the separation of powers).

43 U.S.C. 364 The Secretary of the Interior, hereinafter called the Secretary, conjointly with the Board on Geographic Names, as hereinafter provided, shall provide for uniformity in geographic nomenclature and orthography throughout the Federal Government.

Had Congress never had specified the name in a bill passed and signed into law, Interior might be able to legally change the name of the mountain.

Therefore neither Interior nor the President has any Constitutional authority to make this change. A president may only request that Congress repeal or amend a law.

Anything else is unconstitutional, and is a violation of the Presidential Oath of Office.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

A president who will bypass Congress and change laws unilaterally could also raise your taxes, pack the Supreme Court, or even “change” the Constitution.

This President should instead be occupying his time with cuting the mountain of debt that is crushing our economy, or halting the transfers of mountains of gold to finance Iran’s atomic bomb development and worldwide expansion of terrorism.

Obama picked a tiny issue for escalating his war on the Constitution and Congress: change the name Congress specified for a mountain over a century ago. Few people will really care what it is or will be named, yet it adds yet another precedent of seizing Congressional powers without contest by Congress.

Even Democrats should oppose such a power grab, for if a Republican president were to follow Obama’s examples and change Democrat-passed laws by fiat, they would then understand the dangers of turning the presidency into a dictatorship.

Congress is ignoring Obama’s usurpation of their powers, and should reclaim their powers, not only on this minor violation, but must act immediately to reclaim the Senate’s treaty powers for the Iran deal.